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Poster: Madhavananda Date: Jul 7, 2005 9:32pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

Most of the time the MP3 VBR files seem to come around the 192kbps mark. However, with some entries (this and this out of seven recent entries) it seems to only be around 128kbps - the VBR is twice the size of the 64kbps version, while it should be trice that.

Can someone get them rederived, or what should be done?

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Poster: simon c Date: Jul 7, 2005 11:14pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

I think the point of a VBR _is_ that it's variable based on the recording, right? I'm not sure that this is a bug - though it could be!

Getting things rederived is not very easy under the current system, other than just replacing the item.

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Poster: Madhavananda Date: Jul 8, 2005 1:26am
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

Well yes, of course it's variable bitrate, but the sources were pretty much identical. Besides, even with VBR there's an average bitrate set to control the quality.

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Poster: Madhavananda Date: Jul 8, 2005 3:49am
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

If it's a glitch in the system, it's a consistent glitch, as it's happened to the same files twice. I don't think having them replaced again would make it any different.

Of course I could produce the VBR versions myself. Would they be included in the zip-files if I uploaded the VBR MP3:s with the FLACs?

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Poster: Madhavananda Date: Jul 9, 2005 11:20am
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

This is bizarre. The MP3-files produced by the deriver don't work in Windows Media Player 10. I get an error message, "The input media format is invalid." Both VBR and 64kbps versions. What's up?

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Poster: pt Date: Jul 11, 2005 5:13am
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

This is a known issue, Windows Media Player will not play files with an id3 tag that contains a creative commons license. This is either Microsoft's subtle way of telling you you're a communist for using CC, or a bug on there end :). We suggest users try alternatives such as iTunes, Winamp, etc.

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Poster: David Nunes da Silva Date: Sep 11, 2005 2:22pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

My file has this metadata in its Copyright field, and it plays in Windows Media Player just fine. I just downloaded it and played it.

2004 David Nunes da Silva. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ verify at http://www.archive.org/audio/audio-details-db.php?collection=opensource_audio&collectionid=DavidNunesdaSilvaDanceoftheFirewoodGatherers

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Poster: simon c Date: Jul 9, 2005 12:20pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

I would guess that our deriver software can't handle the original pre-conversion format of the audio. I think someone else has had this problem recently. You might want to mail qa at archive dot org and explain the issue succinctly.

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Poster: Madhavananda Date: Jul 9, 2005 7:46pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

The issue is with generating ID2 tags with recent entries in the Open Source Audio section.

I've sent you a detailed letter with my troubleshooting and the results, hopefully that'll help in getting the thing fixed.

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Poster: Puzzler Date: Sep 6, 2005 3:47pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Sub-standard MP3 VBR derived - what to do?

Help, I'm having the same problem. My derived mp3 files won't play on Windows Media Player. I get the same error message as the previous poster. Can you please email me the detailed troubleshooting info that was sent to the previous poster?